RIMPAC Top Gun
It’s a prestigious trophy in naval gunnery, and the Royal New Zealand Navy is bringing it home
Hawaii. RNZN frigate HMNZS Te Mana has been crowned the winner of the Naval Surface Fire Support Rodeo competition in Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest maritime military exercise. The trophy was given to the ship that could land five shells the closest to a sea target, from more than 3.5 miles away. Te Mana, using its five-inch main gun, won against stiff competition from warships from the United States, Australia, Chile, South Korea, Peru, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and Singapore, achieving a mean accuracy of 35 yards. It is the first time since RIMPAC began in 1971 that a New Zealand ship has won the competition.
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Photo 1: HMNZS Te Mana fires her main gun during the Naval Surface Fire Support Rodeo competition
Photo 2: HMNZS Te Mana operations and weapons teams with the trophy
Keel Laying Ceremony - 13 August 2018
South Korea. This is a significant day for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), because it represents a tangible milestone in the journey to having a multi-purpose vessel that provides refuelling services, freshwater generation, significant cargo-carrying capability and the ability to conduct air patrols with an embarked Seasprite or NH90 helicopter. Aotearoa represents the first of a new fleet of RNZN ships built specifically to address the global requirements of the New Zealand Defence Force and government agencies for deployment from Antarctica to the Arabian Gulf.
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Photo: The New Zealand Ambassador to South Korea, HE Phillip Turner (bottom row, fourth from left) joins representatives from the Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Defence Force, Ministry of Defence, the Hyundai shipyard and Lloyds of London in celebrating the keel laying of the future HMNZS Aotearoa - Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard, Ulsan, South Korea